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Word processing on the iPad is far from perfect. No matter how adept I may be at using the touch keyboard, tapping through a document to delete a stray word or dragging blue dots to rearrange a thought is an overly arduous task.
Tyype HD leverages iOS gestures to envision a better way to edit text. Power users of Pages already know about the one-character swipe, but Tyype HD kicks it up a few notches with a dramatic re-imagining of how we interact with text on our iOS devices. With a series of simple gestures, Tyype HD turns your finger into a mouse, quickly moving the cursor around the document without the precision accuracy that Apple requires. Instead of tapping a word to bring up the iOS magnifying glass, the cursor follows your finger as you pan over the document. Use two fingers to highlight text and three fingers to speed through the document; double-tap with two fingers to select the entire document.
But while the concept is certainly intriguing, the execution falls a little flat. When panning, the cursor stutters a bit and only follows your finger horizontally; to get at the next line, you have scroll to the end of line. And since Tyype HD overrides the usual one-finger scroll, moving through a document can be a pain, even with the two-finger cursor up/down gesture (which was extremely buggy) and dedicated buttons on the virtual keyboard.
Other than the gestures, Tyype HD is a bare-bones word processor, with rudimentary font options and integration with Dropbox and Markdown. Despite a few crashes, it worked well enough -- but I still wrote this review in Pages.
The bottom line. Tyype HD imagines a better way to edit on your iPad, but mainly just demonstrates why Apple is sticking with its own method.
iPad 2 or new iPad running iOS 5.0 or later
Unique alternative to editing text on iPad. Dropbox and Markdown integration.
Buggy, with somewhat unintuitive gestures. Lacking features.